Be safe when driving in heavy rain

Be safe when driving in heavy rain

Thunder storms, hail, heavy rain and flooding are all part of the seasonal weather patterns in South Africa’s different regions. But sudden and severe weather presents increased dangers and risks to motorists and pedestrians alike.

As a road user, the key to this type of weather is to take precautions and be prepared. If at all possible, avoid driving in these conditions – particularly in periods of heavy downpours. Monitor the local radio stations in your area for weather and traffic updates, and plan your route accordingly.

Driving through a downpour

  • Reduce your driving speed in rainy conditions and increase your following distance from the vehicle in front of you. Be alert and be aware of the road conditions.
  • Make sure your headlights are switched on (but do not put these on the bright setting).
  • Be alert and be aware of the vehicles around you – particularly in times of poor visibility.
  • Obey the rules of the road, especially any temporary signage or hazard warnings around flooding.

Should you find yourself in deep water

  • Stay calm and stay alert – do not panic.
  • Avoid driving through sections of water where you are unable to see the road; this is both risky and dangerous.
  • Do not drive around or through barricades – they have been put there for your safety.
  • Should your vehicle be trapped by rising water, stop your vehicle then get out and move to safer or higher ground. Your safety and the safety of your passengers is more important than that of your vehicle.

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